Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin says Canada attempted to commit “cultural genocide” against aboriginal peoples, in what she calls the worst stain on Canada’s human-rights record.

Genocide – an attempt to destroy a people, in whole or part – is a crime under international law. The United Nations’ Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted in 1948, does not use the phrase “cultural genocide,” but says genocide may include causing serious mental harm to a group.

Chief Justice McLachlin appears to be the highest-ranking Canadian official to use the phrase. Former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin used it two years ago in describing residential schools for aboriginal children when he testified before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up by the Conservative government. That commission is to make its report public next week.

“The most glaring blemish on the Canadian historic record relates to our treatment of the First Nations that lived here at the time of colonization,” Chief Justice McLachlin said. She was delivering the fourth annual Pluralism Lecture of the Global Centre for Pluralism, founded in 2006 by the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, and the federal government.

After an initial period of inter-reliance and equality, she said Canada developed an “ethos of exclusion and cultural annihilation.”

“The objective – I quote from Sir John A. Macdonald, our revered forefather – was to ‘take the Indian out of the child,’ and thus solve what was referred to as the Indian problem. ‘Indianness’ was not to be tolerated; rather it must be eliminated. In the buzz-word of the day, assimilation; in the language of the 21st century, cultural genocide.” She made clear that this treatment extended well into the 20th century.

John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria, called the Chief Justice’s use of the term “unparalleled” in Canadian history.

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  • Sanae’s normal ending in TD has her looking at Prince Shoutoku’s portrait on a bill and going “huh, this bearded dude doesn’t look like the Shoutoku I just fought at all!”
  • the same ending pokes a little fun at Sanae for not realizing that it’s easy to explain Shoutoku showing up in Gensokyo, but doesn’t say much about the apparent gender discrepancy
  • according to Futo’s SoPM profile:

Since they have already abandoned their body and flesh by the time they resurrect, there is some degree of freedom to the forms they can assume, but it said that most shikaisen will choose to look similar to their old appearances. This is because of their attachment to their appearance, as well as so others can recognize them. For this reason she has her old-fashioned look, while Miko changed to a look more suited to modern times.

so all historical records of Miko refer to her as a bearded guy, and she explicitly changed her body as part of her resurrection. with an implication that she wasn’t attached to her old appearance.

i’m just saying, there’s a good case to be made that “Miko is a trans girl” is the interpretation that best fits what we know.

(From a Doylist perspective, it’s probably more like “it’s just one of those things that’s not meant to be looked at too closely, like the fact that Marisa knows about zombie B-movies or Akyuu sticking Doraemon references in the Gensokyo Chronicle.” But that’s no fun.)

Our word of the week is Baradine.

According to the survey forms and correspondence received by the Royal Anthropological Society of Australasia regarding Aboriginal place names, 1899-1903, 1921-1926, Baradine means ‘Red wallaby’.

In the lead up to NAIDOC Week 2015, the Indigenous Services team of the State Library of NSW will be posting an Indigenous ‘word of the week’ from collection material available on the Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Website. This year the NAIDOC Week theme is ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate’. It encourages people to find out more about their local community and the traditional names for places, rivers and mountains in their area. The State Library’s collections hold significant historical materials that record Aboriginal place names and meanings across Australia.

Wallaby and joey at Jenolan Caves

Join us in commenting other Indigenous facts or history relating to Baradine!

It is important to note that these records were written in most cases about Aboriginal languages by non - Aboriginal people. For this reason, the written words may not accurately reflect the ways in which an oral language was spoken and transmitted.

living in texas right now is so scary like i dont think anyone can understand how scary it is to be in a huge drought for 13 years and then suddenly in the matter of one night have over half of texas flooded with historic records and having to have towns upon towns evacuate. it hasnt stopped raining in two weeks.

Books not to be destroyed are those on medicine and pharmacy, divination by the tortoise and milfoil, and agriculture and arboriculture.

Li Su, chief minister of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty, supposedly wrote this in the

213 BCE  order that all books in the newly founded empire were to be burned. Three categories of books were viewed by Li Su to be most dangerous politically: poetry , history (Shu and especially historical records of other states than Qin), and philosophy. If people were able to read the ancient accounts of rules both good and bad, the Qin officials feared they would make unfavorable comparisons to the Qin Dynasty’s rule. Books, in short, would encourage rebellion.

The Seeds of Unified Physics go back a long way in the history of scientific theory. In some of the earliest historical records of human culture we find civilizations around the world that believed in the Presence of a Unifying Field of Energy that surrounds and permeates all things. This Dynamic Energy Field provided an underlying organizing framework and was considered by some to be the Source of Life Energy within biological systems, being given such names as Chi (China/Asia), Ki (Japan), and Prana (India). In the early pursuits of Science and Physics (going as far back as Plato) it was often referred to as the Aether and was proposed to be the Medium through which Light travelled. Though it was eliminated from the general scientific paradigm in the early 20th century, the indications for an Underlying Field persists as being inherent in the Fundamentals of Physics.


On this day - 14th May 1984

President Reagan presents a Special Achievement Award to Michael in a garden ceremony at the White House in recognition of his contribution to the nation’s advertising campaign aimed at discouraging young people from drinking and driving.

Michael’s song Beat It was used by the Transportation Department in the campaign.

The inscription on the plaque reads: “To Michael Jackson with appreciation for the outstanding example you have set for the youth of America and the world. Your historic record-breakingachievements and your pre-eminence in popular music are a tribute to your creativity, dedication, and great ability. The generous contribution of your time and talent to the National Campaign Against Teenage Drunk Driving will help millions of young Americans learn that drinking and driving can kill a friendship.”

What's in a Name? A lesson in Apologetics.

Normally, my attention span for videos on the web is limited to about 2 minutes. But when I started watching this video last last night I got sucked in by Dr. Williams engaging style and watched the entire lecture. As Evangel blogger Tom Gilson says, it’s a “talk on apologetics like you’ve never heard before.”

via firstthings.com & thegospelcoalition.org

I have had a deep appreciation for apologetics ever since I was introduced to such a study a few years back. Unfortunately, it’s become a lost art within the Church today and it desperately needs to be reacquainted. Lest we begin to follow after our itching ears. While the first video is a long one, make yourself some popcorn and break out the notebook. Dr. Williams is on to something.

screamingbitchdragon asked:

Do the characters from the 100 know things like 9/11 and the holocaust and what not?

It depends on which characters you mean. Those who grew up on the Ark had a formal education and access to all the digital information that would have been stored on Ark computers. So history, popular media, sports, all of that would have been available to them. Similarly, those in Mount Weather would have had access to the same type of information stored on the Mount Weather computers. They also had all the historical records and documents that were rescued and preserved in the facility. The people in Mount Weather saw themselves as the keepers of the culture, so they made a concerted effort to save the knowledge and art of the past, as we saw in the show.

As for the grounders… I think I’ll have to leave that to your imagination. We simply haven’t seen enough of their society to gauge.

Not yet, anyway.


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“The British are coming.” And Other Things Revere Didn’t Say

“The British are coming.” And Other Things Revere Didn’t Say

Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere

The American celebration of independence seems an appropriate time to ponder the opening line of, “Paul Revere’s Ride”. According to Longfellow, Revere raised the alarm and became a hero of the Revolutionary War.

Unfortunately, this isn’t true. It’s true that he made the ride, but his role has been exaggerated.

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I volunteered at an archive in Lawrence, MA for a while (I actually did a for-credit internship there, as well).  For those who aren’t familiar with Lawrence, it’s an old industrial city situated north of Boston on the Merrimack River.  Nicknamed the “Immigrant City,” it grew in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries as immigrants came from many different countries to work in the mills that were built there.  It’s population and influence declined after peaking in the first few decades of the twentieth century, and is now one of the poorest cities in Massachusetts.  For a small city, it actually has some really fascinating history, including a prominent workers’ strike in 1912. 

I processed two collections during my time at the archive: one was a family collection that included materials from throughout the twentieth century, and the other was a collection of records from a group that promoted cultural events in Lawrence during the first decade of the twenty-first century.

I really enjoyed working at this archive, although various other factors in my life have prevented me from being able to go there anymore.  One question that hardly occured to me while I worked there, but lingers in my mind now, is the way that the archive is handling more recent history.  Over the last several decades, Lawrence has become home to a large Latino population, including many immigrants from the Domincan Republic.  It is predominantly Latino today, and many of the residents speak Spanish as a first language.  I eventually began to notice, however, that the archive didn’t seem to be keeping track of many Spanish-language materials.  All of the clippings that they took from the daily newspapers were from English-language papers, and I can’t recall any Spanish-language collections being worked on while I was there.  Part of this could be due to the fact that more recent materials simply haven’t yet been donated to the archive, but I also wonder about the approach that the leadership of the archive is taking in order to acquire Spanish-language items.  I should try to get in touch with them again someday, and talk about it.  Perhaps there are initiatives being taken of which I’m not aware.  It just doesn’t make sense to me for a primarily Latino, Spanish-speaking city to have an archive that contains almost exlusively English-language materials.

I rarely re-blog, but this one deserves being spread far and wide. Timeline of the Destruction of 100 Year Old Franklin County, NC Records Please read the whole post included above - but the gist i…

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It’s worth a visit to The Heritage Society of Franklin County, NC’s Facebook page to read more about this situation, including the Timeline of the Destruction…, noted in this blog post.